Ratings 2018: The final scorecard

OzTAM, the official ratings ‘umpire’, has released its final reports for the calendar year 2018.

The reports include consolidated audience figures for the Top 20 programs, Top 20 multi-channel programs, the most time-shifted programs and where each free-to-air network and channel ended the year. Plus there are rankings for the Top 20 Subscription TV programs and time-shifted programs.

Seven Network ended the year on 30.6% (up 1.4 on 2017), followed by Nine (27.0%, down 0.7), Ten (17.5%, down 0.8), ABC (17.1%, down 0.2) and SBS (7.9%, up 0.5). (6pm-12mn, 5 cities, Consolidated 28-days)

At individual channel level: Seven (20.6%, up 0.6), Nine (18.6%, down 0.8), Ten (12.3%, down 0.5), ABC (12.1%, down 0.1), SBS (5.6%, up 0.3) followed by multi-channels 7mate (4.0%), 7Two (3.7%), 9Go (3.6%), 10Bold (2.9%), ABC Kids/ABC Comedy (2.8%), 9Gem (2.7%), 10Peach and 7Flix (2.2% each), 9Life (2.1%), ABC News (1.4%), SBS Viceland (1.2%), SBS Food (0.9%), ABC Me and 7Food (0.8% each) and NITV (0.2%).

During the year, One became 10Bold (after a brief stint as 10Boss) and Eleven became 10Peach.

7Food started in December.

Channels not included in the survey include YourMoney (Nine), TVSN and Spree (Ten), Racing.com (Seven) and community TV stations C31, WTV and 44 Adelaide.

Picture: ABC

Top 20 programs on Free-to-Air for the year 1 January to 31 December 2018 (Consolidated. 5 cities, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth):

Seven topped the Top 20 programs list with AFL Grand Final (Presentations) followed by West Coast Eagles versus Collingwood. NRL Grand Final and State Of Origin on Nine filled the rest of the top 5. Of the reality show “winners announced”, The Block was highest ranked, followed by Married At First Sight and My Kitchen Rules. The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Melbourne Cup and the opening ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games all made the top 10 for Seven.

SBS made two appearances in the Top 20 with FIFA World Cup broadcasts, while Ten and ABC did not make the Top 20 at all.

No mention of news, current affairs, dramas or any other programming making the Top 20 — possibly pushed out by the practice of coding separate sections of longer programs taking up multiple slots.

1 SEVEN’S AFL: GRAND FINAL: PRESENTATIONS Seven Network 2,616,000 357,000 1,181,000 278,000 303,000 497,000
2 SEVEN’S AFL: GRAND FINAL: WEST COAST V COLLINGWOOD Seven Network 2,615,000 349,000 1,253,000 249,000 291,000 473,000
3 STATE OF ORIGIN RUGBY LEAGUE QLD V NSW 1ST – MATCH Nine 2,347,000 984,000 365,000 764,000 97,000 137,000
4 NRL GRAND FINAL DAY Nine 2,141,000 909,000 549,000 492,000 89,000 102,000
5 STATE OF ORIGIN RUGBY LEAGUE QLD V NSW 2ND – MATCH Nine 2,132,000 895,000 322,000 730,000 65,000 120,000
6 THE BLOCK -WINNER ANNOUNCED Nine 2,093,000 588,000 754,000 374,000 176,000 200,000
7 GOLD COAST 2018 COMMONWEALTH GAMES: OPENING CEREMONY Seven Network 2,037,000 460,000 537,000 670,000 170,000 200,000
8 ROYAL WEDDING: PRINCE HARRY & MEGHAN-CEREMONY Seven Network 1,993,000 498,000 629,000 348,000 208,000 310,000
9 THE 2018 MELBOURNE CUP CARNIVAL: MELBOURNE CUP-THE RACE Seven Network 1,908,000 393,000 1,027,000 239,000 108,000 141,000
10 MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT -FINALE Nine 1,900,000 567,000 602,000 371,000 163,000 197,000
11 SEVEN’S AFL: GRAND FINAL: ON THE GROUND Seven Network 1,831,000 210,000 928,000 154,000 216,000 323,000
12 ROYAL WEDDING: PRINCE HARRY & MEGHAN-ARRIVALS Seven Network 1,772,000  452,000 551,000 314,000 181,000 274,000
13 STATE OF ORIGIN RUGBY LEAGUE QLD V NSW 3RD – MATCH Nine 1,769,000 748,000 239,000 618,000 62,000 102,000
14 MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT -FINAL DINNER PARTY Nine 1,760,000 537,000 575,000 332,000 144,000
171,000
15 SEVEN’S TENNIS: 2018 AUSTRALIAN OPEN-MEN’S FINAL Seven Network 1,739,000 489,000 692,000 278,000 158,000 122,000
16 THE BLOCK -GRAND FINAL Nine 1,735,000 484,000 616,000 339,000 142,000 153,000
17 SEVEN’S AFL: GRAND FINAL: POST MATCH Seven Network 1,705,000 228,000 846,000 201,000 193,000 238,000
18 2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FRA V AUS LIVE SBS Network 1,667,000 600,000 504,000 235,000 147,000
180,000
19 2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: DEN V AUS LIVE SBS Network 1,664,000 620,000 470,000 218,000 178,000
178,000
20 MY KITCHEN RULES-WINNER ANNOUNCED Seven Network 1,637,000 500,000 440,000 304,000 163,000 230,000

Top 20 programs on the Free-to-Air digital multi-channels (Consolidated. 5 cities, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth):

Almost a clean sweep for 7mate, dominating the list with AFL, Winter Olympic Games, Cricket and the Australian Open. ABC Kids sneaks in a few entries with Peppa Pig and The Highway Rat.

1 SEVEN’S AFL: TUESDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL 7mate 474,000 26,000 287,000 26,000 60,000 75,000
2 SEVEN’S AFL: FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL 7mate 416,000 30,000 193,000 19,000 94,000 80,000
3 2018 ROLEX SYDNEY HOBART YACHT RACE-DAY 7mate 378,000 139,000 82,000 73,000 33,000 50,000
4 PYEONGCHANG 2018 WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES: NIGHT 2 FEED 2 7mate 376,000 79,000 79,000 95,000 49,000 74,000
5 PYEONGCHANG 2018 WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES: NIGHT 3 FEED 2 7mate 349,000 61,000 101,000
74,000 36,000 77,000
6 PYEONGCHANG 2018 WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES: NIGHT 6 FEED 2 7mate 319,000 70,000 75,000
85,000 32,000 57,000
7 SEVEN’S AFL: SUNDAY AFTERNOON FOOTBALL 7mate 319,000 25,000 110,000 16,000 62,000
105,000
8 SEVEN’S CRICKET: SECOND TEST – AUSTRALIA V INDIA D4 S3 – MULTI 7mate 317,000 98,000
104,000 82,000 33,000 0
9 2018 SUMMER OF TENNIS: BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL-NIGHT 7mate 310,000 83,000 84,000
86,000 28,000 29,000
10 SEVEN’S AFL: SATURDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL 7mate 300,000 32,000 122,000 18,000 59,000 69,000
11 PYEONGCHANG 2018 WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES: NIGHT 4 FEED 2 7mate 289,000 60,000 76,000
60,000 28,000 65,000
12 PEPPA PIG: PEPPA’S PUMPKIN PARTY-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 281,000 65,000 110,000 19,000 31,000 56,000
13 SEVEN’S TENNIS: 2018 AUSTRALIAN OPEN-NIGHT 7 FEED2 7mate 276,000 79,000 105,000 54,000
37,000 0
14 THE HIGHWAY RAT-EV ABCKIDS/COMEDY 273,000 90,000 79,000 40,000 23,000 41,000
15 M- KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE-PM 7mate 263,000 58,000 92,000 42,000 29,000 42,000
16 PYEONGCHANG 2018 WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES: NIGHT 5 FEED 2 7mate 263,000 52,000 84,000
50,000 29,000 47,000
17 SEVEN’S AFL: FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL FINALS 7mate 258,000 52,000 0 50,000 0 156,000
18 M- THE MARTIAN-PM 7mate 257,000 59,000 84,000 37,000 31,000 45,000
19 PYEONGCHANG 2018 WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES: NIGHT 7 FEED 2 7mate 255,000 50,000 57,000 51,000 28,000 68,000
20 THE HIGHWAY RAT-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 253,000 55,000 41,000 43,000 23,000 91,000

Top 20 Time-Shifted Free-to-Air Programs (Time Shift to 28 Days, Consolidated 28 Day % Increase on Overnight):

This is the list where drama dominates, with Seven well represented with US dramas The Good Doctor, God Friended Me, The Resident and 9-1-1 and local titles 800 Words, The Blake Mysteries: A New Beginning and Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted To You. ABC ranked high with the Spicks And Specks Reunion Special, and Nine made the list with Underbelly Files and Manifest.

SBS made the list with Dead Lucky and The Handmaid’s Tale, with the latter adding a huge 134% onto its overnight figures.

1 THE GOOD DOCTOR-TUE Seven Network 358,000 38.2%
2 THE GOOD DOCTOR-MON Seven Network 343,000 35.2%
3 THE GOOD DOCTOR Seven Network 323,000 51.2%
4 SPICKS AND SPECKS REUNION SPECIAL-EV ABC 256,000 28.3%
5 M- JIMMY BARNES: WORKING CLASS BOY Seven Network 243,000 33.3%
6 JACK IRISH-EV ABC 219,000 31.6%
7 9-1-1 EP.2 Seven Network 212,000 44.9%
8 800 WORDS Seven Network 211,000 44.4%
9 UNDERBELLY FILES: CHOPPER – PART 1 Nine 210,000 23.5%
10 MANIFEST Nine 208,000 51.8%
11 MANIFEST -EP2 Nine 204,000 104.3%
12 THE HANDMAID’S TALE SBS Network 201,000 134.2%
13 OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN: HOPELESSLY DEVOTED TO YOU – PART 1 Seven Network
201,000 27.4%
14 MYSTERY ROAD-EV ABC 199,000 30.8%
15 MANIFEST -EP1 Nine 194,000 67.0%
16 THE BLAKE MYSTERIES: A NEW BEGINNING Seven Network 192,000 42.6%
17 DEAD LUCKY SBS Network 191,000 107.0%
18 9-1-1-EP.2 Seven Network 189,000 43.8%
19 THE RESIDENT-EP.2 Seven Network 188,000 60.0%
20 GOD FRIENDED ME Seven Network 185,000 42.6%

Top 20 Subscription TV Programs (national):

A clean sweep for live sport on Foxtel with AFL finals and Twenty20 dominating the top spots.

1 LIVE: AFL PF#1 RICHMOND V COLLINGWOOD FOX FOOTY 552,000
2 LIVE: TWENTY20: AUS V IND GAME 3 FOX CRICKET 476,000
3 LIVE: NRL PF#2 ROOSTERS V RABBITOHS FOX LEAGUE 463,000
4 LIVE: AFL SF#1 HAWTHORN V MELBOURNE FOX FOOTY 457,000
5 LIVE: AFL EF#1 MELBOURNE V GEELONG FOX FOOTY 454,000
6 LIVE: AFL PF#2 WEST COAST V MELBOURNE FOX FOOTY 437,000
7 LIVE: AFL QF#1 RICHMOND V HAWTHORN FOX FOOTY 429,000
8 LIVE: TWENTY20: AUS V IND GAME 3 FOX CRICKET 422,000
9 LIVE: AUS V IND 2ND TEST DAY 3 FOX CRICKET 418,000
10 LIVE: AFL SF#2 COLLINGWOOD V GWS FOX FOOTY 413,000
11 LIVE: AFL QF#2 WEST COAST V COLLINGWOOD FOX FOOTY 413,000
12 LIVE: AUS V IND 2ND TEST DAY 3 FOX CRICKET 404,000
13 LIVE: AUS V IND 2ND TEST DAY 4 FOX CRICKET 400,000
14 LIVE: TWENTY20: AUS V IND THE BIG BREAK FOX CRICKET 400,000
15 LIVE: NRL TITANS V COWBOYS FOX LEAGUE 399,000
16 LIVE: MOTORSPORT: SUPERCARS BATHURST RACE FOX SPORTS 506 393,000
17 LIVE: NRL EF#2 BRONCOS V DRAGONS FOX LEAGUE 379,000
18 LIVE: AFL GEELONG V RICHMOND FOX FOOTY 378,000
19 LIVE: AFL EF#2 SYDNEY V GWS FOX FOOTY 375,000
20 LIVE: NRL PANTHERS V DRAGONS FOX LEAGUE 374,000

Top 20 Time-Shifted Subscription TV Programs (national) (Time Shift to 28 Days, Consolidated 28 Day % Increase on Overnight)

Hard to say but I think there’s a t.r.e.n.d. here.

1 MOANA Foxtel Movies Disney 194,000 723.9%
2 S.W.A.T. FOX8 175,000 377.8%
3 S.W.A.T. FOX8 169,000 323.4%
4 S.W.A.T. FOX8 169,000 229.2%
5 S.W.A.T. FOX8 165,000 355.8%
6 S.W.A.T. FOX8 163,000 300.2%
7 S.W.A.T. FOX8 160,000 396.6%
8 S.W.A.T. FOX8 156,000 461.8%
9 S.W.A.T. FOX8 144,000 331.0%
10 S.W.A.T. FOX8 144,000 391.9%
11 S.W.A.T. FOX8 140,000 340.4%
12 S.W.A.T. FOX8 138,000 232.0%
13 S.W.A.T. FOX8 137,000 268.3%
14 S.W.A.T. FOX8 136,000 377.2%
15 S.W.A.T. FOX8 134,000 224.3%
16 S.W.A.T. FOX8 134,000 328.3%
17 S.W.A.T. FOX8 133,000 275.2%
18 THE GIFTED FOX8 132,000 287.5%
19 S.W.A.T. FOX8 130,000 494.7%
20 S.W.A.T. FOX8 129,000 381.4%

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